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Prudence Cover & The Fashion To Go With It


My book, Prudence, is currently on sale for only $4.99 (ebook USA). In honor of that, Fashionable reader, I'm posting a fun thing I used to do a lot - outfits that match the cover!

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I had to put this image first, because it is such a perfect match to the colors of the cover. It's an 1870s  dress from Kerry Taylor Auctions. I'm not sure which of my characters might wear something so exotic, this period would place it during the Parasol Protectorate series. So perhaps Ivy?

And now, looking at the cover here's some more picks...

For Alexia in the Parasol Protectorate series...


Prudence Cover & The Fashion To Go With It
Suite  1830s  Christie’s

Prudence Cover & The Fashion To Go With It
Afternoon Dress  Charles Fredrick Worth, 1872  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

For Countess Nadasdy...


Prudence Cover & The Fashion To Go With It
1883  Musée Galleira de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

For Primrose in the Custard Protocol series...


Prudence Cover & The Fashion To Go With It
 Pingat afternoon dress ca. 1896  From the De Young Museum
Prudence Cover & The Fashion To Go With It
1895 Cufflinks  Tiffany & Co., Sotheby’s

Prudence Cover & The Fashion To Go With It
1890s  Augusta Auctions

For Gail...


Prudence Cover & The Fashion To Go With It
Madame Grès, 1945  Kerry Taylor Auctions

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1950s  Whitaker Auctions

Prudence Cover & The Fashion To Go With It
2000 Gianni Versace  The Frock

Prudence Cover & The Fashion To Go With It
2015 Katrin Langer floral brocade clutch at modaoperandi.com

Prudence Cover & The Fashion To Go With It
2015 Nicholas Kirkwood purple suede Mary Jane

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Alexia's Clothes in the Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger

 Recently, according to Pip, I received the Bookie award for best dressed character in the form of Alexia Tarabotti. (I can't seem to find any evidence of this online, Fashionable Reader) but I trust Pip for she was at Authors After Dark reporting in.

Upon learning of the win, Alexia was suitably honored, Ivy was crushed, and Lord Akeldma took all the credit for loaning Alexia Biffy during her rise to fashionable mavin of London high society.

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Above you can see two quintessentially Alexia dresses from 1874.  An American designed walking dress and a French designed reception dress ca. 1874 From the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Alexia is fond of blue and stripes and perch hats.

Alexia's Clothes in the Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger

Below, I present a collection of some of Alexia's best moments present to you int he form of cover art, fan art, cosplay, and original fashion plate fodder. I do hope you enjoy it!

Alexia in Soulless Design Board


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 The cover that wasn't; the pose the wasn't.

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 Fan art.
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Japanese cover art for Soulless

 Alexia in Soulless the Original (1873)


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The Polish cover shows more of the dress; 1883 Dinner Dress Charles Fredrick Worth The Kyoto Costume Institute for color inspiration.

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1873 fashion plate

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 Alexia's day dress; dress for shopping

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Alexia's first parasol.

Alexia in Soulless Volume 1, The Manga



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 The first manga cover art; cosplay

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Emile Pingat, 1874; and character sketch from the manga

Alexia's Clothes in the Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger
1874 Fashion plate

Alexia's Clothes in the Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger
1874 Striped dress

Alexia's Clothes in the Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger
Amazing striped Swiss waist with matched bustle.

Alexia in Changeless (1874) & Omnibus Volume 1 & Soulless Manga Volume 2


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 Polish cover again, shows more of dress; self cosplay of cover.

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 Omnibus Vol. 1 cover; Alexia cosplay

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Manga Soulless Vol. 2 cover art; inspiration for Alexia floating dress

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1870  The Philadelphia Museum of Art color inspiration; 1874 more diminished bustle

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 Alexia walking and visiting dresses inspiration. 

Alexia's Clothes in the Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger
 Dirigible floating dress inspiration from skirt tapes

Alexia's Clothes in the Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger
Inspiration for the deck of the dirigible scenes.

Alexia's Clothes in the Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger
The new parasol.

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Fan art; steampunk from NY Comic Con cosplay fake cover photo fun.

Alexia in Blameless (1874)


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Blameless cover art; Emile Pingat (1820–1901), Parisfor color inspiration

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 Highly modern French influenced walking dresses for Alexia to try.

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 Inspiration for the frilly dress Alexia is made to wear in Italy, left is a 1874-5 wedding dress of white linen cambric with ivory ribbob and machine silk blonde lace.

Alexia in Heartless (1874)


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 Cover art for Heartless; Alexia's new more flowy choice of clothing

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1874 Charles Fredrick Worth The Kyoto Costume Institute

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Hungarian painter Szinyei Merse - The Lady in Purple; Day Dress France, ca. 1874 Silk taffeta Biffy has begun "Frenching-up" Alexia wardrobe.

Alexia in Timeless (1876) & The Omnibus Vol. 2

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 Timeless cover art; Alexia walking dress

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Omnibus Vol. 2 Cover art;  summer day dress USA 1870-1874 Royal Ontario Museum

Alexia's style has grown more relaxed and breezy under the drone's tutelage. Although the fashions remain quite severe.

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 Evening dress, 1876-77 US, the Met Museum; day dress 1876

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Japanese Cover Art for Blameless

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 1878-1880  The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Matt Harrison fan art

Alexia's Clothes in the Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger
The Parasol Protectorate mangaka-chan

Alexia's Clothes in the Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger
womens-fashion-1876

Well, I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane. Now you can play a rousing game of "spot that dress" if you read the books! Or reread them.

One of the things I always tried to do, for example, was find time during copy edits to write in a small paragraph describing the dress Alexia wears on the cover within the text. (Excepting Soulless for obvious reasons.) The scene for Changeless was particularly fun to write for various amusing Ivy-related reasons.

And, of course, my hugely non-period German covers show up on stage in Timeless.

Alexia's Clothes in the Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger

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Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

So, Fashionable Reader, I am procrastinating terribly and have decided to post one of my occasional book outfit posts. Today, we will take a look at Changeless.

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

Book the Second of the Parasol Protectorate is all greys and black and teal. I've two outfits influenced by this book and formal one, as you see above and the flowing, which is more casual.

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

I love Alexia's dress on this cover, it's probably my favorite. In fact, I had it made up for me from Clockwork Couture.

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 One of the things I really love about the Changeless cover is the range of teal to turquoise in both the dress and an script background slashes.

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

Here are some Retro Rack friendly images I've collected inspired by this cover, starting with some fun vintage pieces.

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger
1912 Tunic dress Museum Purchase

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 1930s Timeless Vixen Vintage; 1932  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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 1940 nov; 1953 Norman Norell  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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 1960 Hubert de Givenchy  The Metropolitan Museum of Art; 1961 Roger Vivier for Dior,  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Here we have some retro images.

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Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

And here are a few modern takes on this color pallet.

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Some interior design inspiration from this color pallet.

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

Something for Sophronia to wear in the Finishing School Series

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger
1860s  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Something for young Prudence to wear, in between the Parasol Protectorate and the Parasol Protectorate abroad books.

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger
1885 Girl’s Dress  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

And I will leave you with . . . cake!

Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

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Prudence Cover & The Fashion To Go With ItDress the Cover ~ Poison or ProtectParasol Protectorate Cosplay from Gail CarrigerAlexia's Clothes in the Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger Book Outfits ~ Changeless by Gail Carriger

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